Sarah Woodruff

10 September 1730–7 January 1805 (Age 74)
Southington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Sarah

When Sarah Woodruff was born on 10 September 1730, in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Woodruff, was 22 and her mother, Eunice Wiard, was 19. She married Joseph Gridley on 3 July 1763, in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 7 January 1805, at the age of 74, and was buried in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Joseph Gridley
Sarah Woodruff
Marriage: 3 July 1763
Leman Gridley
Osahel Gridley
Esther Gridley
Joseph Gridley
Asahel Gridley
Zad Gridley
Leman Gridley
Joseph Jr.

Spouse and Children

3 July 1763
Southington, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America




    Osahel Gridley



    Esther Gridley


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World Events (4)


Age 46

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 51

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 58

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah Woodruff, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Sarah Gridley, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Sarah Gridley, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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